A number of Memphis and Memphis-connected acts are set to perform, many of them appearing as part of a new initiative called Music Export Memphis
The nonprofit organization is a partnership between the Greater Memphis Chamber and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau and is headed by Elizabeth Cawein of local PR and marketing firm Signal Flow.
“The idea is it will function as an export office for Memphis music and create opportunities for musicians outside the city and hopefully abroad,” says Cawein.
This organization’s first event takes place Saturday at Americanafest. The musical showcase at the Filming Station in Nashville will feature the Memphis Ukulele Band, Mark Edgar Stuart, Motel Mirrors, Deering & Down, the Bo-keys and Rev. John Wilkins.
A handful of Memphis vendors and arts organizations will be on hand.
The event will be open to festival badge holders. For more information, go to americanafest.com.
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Local indie rock band Summer Avenue — not to be confused with recent Stax Records signees and blues rockers Southern Avenue — has signed a deal with Memphis nonprofit label Blue Barrel Records.
The band — drummer/ vocalist William Trotter, guitarist Christopher Dunn, keyboardist Mike Kelley, and bassist Will Kelley — self-released a double-sided single earlier this summer (“Some Things”/“under the Carpet”).
The group began recording its full-length debut for Blue Barrel last weekend at Midtown’s Music+arts Studio, with producer Kevin Cubbins behind the board. The disc should see release in spring 2017. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-tenn). Storytelling by Lynnie Mirvis. 901-550-0185. stevekatzpiano@ gmail.com East Tapas: Van Duren solo, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays at 6069 Park Ave. No cover charge. All ages. 901-767-6002. Huey’s: The Settlers, 4-7 p.m., Gary Escoe’s Atomic Dance Machine, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Sunday. 4872 Poplar. 901-6827729. Memphis Botanic Garden: “Live at the Garden” Summer Concert Series — Sheryl Crow at 8:30 p.m. Friday. 750 Cherry Road, Audubon Park. $41. 901-636-4107, Ticketmaster or liveatthegarden.com. Mortimer’s: Van Duren solo, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays at 590 N. Perkins Road. All ages. No cover. 901-761-9321. Neil’s Music Room: 5727 Quince. 901-682-2300. Fridays: Country music featuring Eddie Smith, Tommy Burroughs, Terry Bailey. 8 p.m. No cover. Saturday: Memphis Funk N Horns, 8 p.m. Sunday: Sax On Sunday Jazz, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays: Debbie Jamison Band, 6-10 p.m. No cover. Wednesdays: Elmo & The Shades “Big Soul Dance Party” at 8 p.m. No cover. Thursdays: Jack Rowell’s Celebrity Jam at 8 p.m. Musicians/vocalists welcome. No cover charge. St. Luke’s United Methodist Church: Music celebration, 10:50 a.m. Sunday at 480 S. Highland. Led by St. Luke’s Chancel Choir, Wesley Bell Choir, Guitar Club, String Orchestra, principal organist Wes Kirkpatrick, and music director S.C. Toe. 901-452-6262. GPAC Duncan-williams Performance Hall: “Artsavvy: What is your Jazz?” 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 1801 Exeter Road, Germantown. Free event, reservations required. Exploring various styles of jazz, highlight the performances coming to GPAC, discussing what it takes to be a jazz musician today. Special guest appearance of New York-based trumpeter/vocalist Jumaane Smith, along with Victor Sawyer and Brian “Breeze” Cayolle. 901751-7500. Gpacweb.com Huey’s: The Heart Memphis Band, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Sunday; Jojo Jefferies & Ronnie Caldwell, 5-8 p.m. Wednesday. 7677 Farmington Blvd. 901-3183030. International Harvester Park: The Dantones, 7-10 p.m. Saturday. 4523 Canada Road. 901-867-2717. Bhan Thai: Loveland Duren, 7-10 p.m. Fridays at 1324 Peabody Ave. No cover charge. All ages. 901-272-1538. Canvas: Massimo “The Bluesman” Bevilacqua (via Rome, Italy), 12-String Tom Gorbea, 9 p.m.-midnight Friday. Black Light Special: Don Twan, Grace Expanding, ELL!PSIS at 9 p.m. Saturday; open mic, 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Sundays; Henna With a Heart, 9 p.m. Thursday. 1737 Madison Ave. 901-4435232. The Blue Monkey: Young Petty Thieves, Friday; Paul Taylor, Saturday. 2012 Madison Ave. 901-272-2583. The Cove: The Gentleman Combatants, 10 p.m. Friday; Michael Graber and Paulette at 9 p.m., The Jug Band Rascals at 10 p.m. Saturday; Justin White, 7 p.m. Monday; Don & Wayde, 7 p.m. Tuesday; karaoke, 10 p.m. Wednesdays; Jazz with Ed Finney, Deb Swiney, and The U of M Jazz Quartet, 9 p.m. Thursday. 2559 Broad Ave. 901730-0719. Hi-tone Café: 412-414 N. Cleveland St. 901-278-8663. Friday: Of Montreal with Ruby the Rabbitfoot (big room), 9 p.m. $18, 18-older. Saturday: American Aquarium with Born Animal (big room), 8 p.m. $15, 18-older. Monday: The Dunken Cuddle with Brandon Crouch (small room), 8 p.m. $5, 18-older. Tuesday: Inter Arma, Call of the Void, Sunfather (small room), 9 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 day of show. 18-older. Wednesday: Pocket Science with Euriah, Sleepwlkrs, Sleeping Seasons, and WARM (small room), 9 p.m. $7. Doors open 8 p.m. 18-older. Thursday: “Gonerfest 13” with Reigning Sound, Fred & Toody (Dead Moon), Useless Eaters, Counter Intuits, Chook Race, Hash Redactor, MC Jim Dandy, DJ Michael Bateman at 8 p.m. 18-older. Huey’s: R.J. Mischo & Hashbrown Blues Band, 4-7 p.m., Deering & Down Trio, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Sunday. 1927 Madison Ave. 901-726-4372. Lafayette’s Music Room: Jeremy Stanfill & Joshua Cosby, 6:30 p.m., Marcus Gullen, 10 p.m. Friday; Susan Marshall & Friends, 11 a.m., Riverbluff Clan, 3 p.m., Heath N’ Company, 6:30 p.m., Marcus Gullen at 10 p.m. Saturday; Joe Restivo 4, 11 a.m., Jeffrey & The Pacemakers, 4 p.m., Matt Stansbury and the Romance at 8 p.m. Sunday; John Paul Keith & Co., 5:30 p.m. Monday; John Kilzer, 6 p.m. Tuesday; Brian “Breeze” Cayolle & New Orleans, 5:30 p.m., Loveland Duren CD Release Party at 8-10 p.m. Wednesday; Kate Kelly, 6 p.m., Brad Birkedahl, 7:30 p.m., and Forest Fire Gospel, 9:30 p.m. Thursday. 2119 Madison Ave. 901-207-5097. Levitt Shell in overton Park: Parker Millsap & Sarah Jarosz, 7-8:30 p.m. Friday; Snowglobe, 7 p.m. Saturday; New Ballet Ensemble, 6:30-8 p.m. Sunday. 901-272-2722. levittshell.org Minglewood Hall: 1555 Madison Ave. 901-312-6058. Okkervil River, Landlady at 6:45 p.m. Friday in 1884 Lounge. $18-$20. Doors open 6 p.m. 18-older; Ghost — Popestar Tour presented by Siriusxm’s Octane, Zombi at 8 p.m. Friday. $30 in advance, $130 Popestar package, $275 meet-and-greet. All ages. Coheed and Cambria with Saves the Day, and Polyphia at 7 p.m. Sunday. $26 in advance , $41 early entry and more, $101 meet-and-greet. Doors open 6 p.m. All ages. Murphy’s: The Conspiracy Theory with Dinero Muerto, Friday; Ophiuchus with Throne and King Bastard, Saturday; Lost in Society with The Drawls and The Subteens, Sunday; Amy Lavere and Will Sexton, 8-10 p.m. Thursday (free show). 1589 Madison Ave. 901-726-4193. old Millington Winery: Massimo “The Bluesman” Bevilacqua (via Rome, Italy), Andrew Cabigao and Amber Dunn, 3-6 p.m. Sunday. 6748 Old Millington Road, Millington. No grills, no pets, and no outside wine and liquor. 901-873-4114. Strand Music Hall: Country Music Showcase with Billy Owen and his All American Band, 8 p.m. Saturdays. $5. Free for kids ages 9-younger. 7979 Wilkinsville Road. Tuthill Performance Hall/ Hassell Hall: “Songs in the Afternoon”: Carol Chapman, soprano; Carole Blankenship, soprano; and Richard Todd Payne, baritone. 4 p.m. Sept. 30 (free). 2000 North Parkway. 901843-3775. Shelby Forest General Store: Tony Butler (banjo) and Bluegrass Band, 6-8:30 p.m. Fridays; Reel Mccoy (Folk/ Celtic), noon-3 p.m. Saturday, and Gary Keith (Americana), 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday. 7729 Benjestown Road. 901-8765770. The Crossing Bar & Grill: Graham Road Band, 8:30 p.m.12:30 a.m. Saturday. 7281 Hacks Cross Road in Olive Branch, Miss. 662-893-6242. Huey’s: RC 3, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Sunday. 7090 Malco Blvd. 662-349-7097. Landers Center: “I Love the 90s” concert featuring Vanilla Ice, Salt-n-pepa, Coolio, Color Me Badd, Tone Loc, Young MC, and Rob Base at 6 p.m. Sunday. 4560 Venture Drive. $67.50. 662470-2131 or Ticketmaster outlet stores. Thirsty Lizard: Roxi Love, 7-10 p.m. Wednesday. 6541 U.S. 51 S. in Horn Lake, Miss. 662-5366054. Huey’s (Southwind): The Fabulous Steelers, 8:30 p.m.12:30 a.m. Sunday. 7825 Winchester Road. 901-624-8911. The University of Memphis: U of M Wind Ensemble featuring faculty member Dr. David Spencer, soloist, 7:30 p.m. Friday ($15 general admission, $10 senior citizens, free to students, U of M faculty and staff with ID); “Death by Aria,” performance of arias by U of M Opera members, 2 p.m. Sunday (free); A Choral Sampler, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (free). Unless noted otherwise, all concerts in Harris Concert Hall, 3775 Central Ave. 901-678-2541.